DSP tenders written apology for misbehaviour with MLA

first_imgShillong: A Meghalaya Police officer has tendered a written apology to the Privileges Committee of the state Assembly for alleged misbehaviour with an MLA.Congress MLA Kimfa S Marbaniang had complained to the Privileges Committee that Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) W M Momin had misbehaved with him and ordered him to remove tinted glass from his vehicle on August 7.Following summons from the committee the DSP had appeared in person before the committee on Thursday and was asked to submit a written apology for his alleged “misbehaviour” with the MLA. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Privileges Committee chairman Saleng Sangma said the committee on Friday has accepted the apology letter of Momin and the case has been closed.In his written apology, Momin said, “I am to inform you that there is no intention to hurt the sentiments of anybody during the discharge of my lawful duty but in the process if I have used words that may have affected Kimfa S Marbaniang, during my encounter with him on August 7, I hereby tender my apology to the House and the MLA in particular.last_img read more

Crown seeks new trial for accused killer who walked free due to

first_imgTORONTO – Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for an ex-soldier accused of murder who walked free because his case took too long to get to trial, saying the Ottawa man didn’t assert his rights early enough in the process.The Crown is appealing an Ontario judge’s decision to stay a first-degree murder charge against Adam Picard under new time limits established by the Supreme Court of Canada last summer.The appeal, which is scheduled to be heard in Toronto on Monday, also alleges Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett mischaracterized the nature of the delays and failed to consider the complexity of the case.Picard was arrested in December 2012 in the killing of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, who went missing in June of that year and is believed to have died that same day.The charge against Picard was stayed in a surprise decision almost four years later, making it one of the first murder cases affected by the new rules laid out by Canada’s highest court.These state that cases heard in provincial court should go to trial within 18 months and those heard in Superior Court should do so within 30 months, once delays caused solely by the defence or by unpredictable events have been subtracted. If the time frame exceeds those limits, the Crown must demonstrate that the delay was reasonable.In documents filed ahead of the hearing, prosecutors argue Picard didn’t raise concerns about the delays until days before his trial was set to begin, even though the date had been chosen 18 months earlier.Picard “did not assert his right in a timely manner,” they say, noting applications under Charter rights typically must be filed at least 60 days before a pre-trial or trial.As a result, the Crown did not have the necessary time to properly address the matter, which left it at a disadvantage, they argue.“The Crown was forced to respond to the applicant’s factum in a matter of days without adequate notice, and without a complete application record,” they say.“Contrary to the obligations established in jurisprudence, the trial judge did not consider the impact of the prejudice to the Crown. In failing to do so she erred in law.”The prosecution also alleges that at least seven months of the delays were caused by the defence, rather than the two months acknowledged by the judge.Picard fired and replaced his lawyer after being denied bail, which prosecutors say stalled the proceedings.“The respondent’s failure to retain counsel to represent him in his defence held the matter at a standstill until he deigned to do that and pushed back all the relevant proceedings that followed,” they argue.“Once counsel was retained, the Crown was able and did move promptly to set a judicial pretrial and move the matter forward.”They allege the judge also failed to make allowances for the complexity of the case, which she deemed to be similar to other murder cases in that regard.Picard’s lawyers, meanwhile, say Parfett’s decision should be upheld. They argue prosecutors were unavailable for a long stretch of last year, causing up to eight months of delays.“But for this Crown delay, the net delay would have been between 26 and 33 months and this would be a very different case,” they say.last_img read more

Edmontonbound Swoop plane makes emergency landing in BC after hitting geese

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Swoop turned back to the airport today in Abbotsford, B.C., after striking several geese.Airport general manager Parm Sidhu says Flight 312 left for Edmonton at 8:18 a.m. and landed back at the airport 10 minutes later after hitting the geese.Swoop says in a statement the airline is working on recommending travel options for the 176 passengers who were aboard the plane.It says the aircraft has been removed from service for further inspection.In a tweet, it thanked the captain and crew for ensuring the safety of everyone on the flight.Swoop is a low-cost subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Inc.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US Regulators Approve Addyi, First “Female Viagra’

Rabat – The US Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A) has approved on Tuesday the first ‘female Viagra’, a pill that aims to help women enhance their sexual desire.The drug, called flibanserin and will be marketed under the brand name Addyi, is designed to boost the low sexual drive of healthy women.The F.D.A rejected the pill twice, in 2010 and 2013, citing marginal effectiveness and the side effects. However, an advisory committee of outside experts voted 18-6 earlier this month to recommend that the F.D.A approve the drug with conditions. The pill aims to treat women who suffer from low sexual drive, a condition called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.“Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the F.D.A’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER.“The FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction,” she added.The drug should not be used by those who drink alcohol. This can increase the risk of severely low blood pressure (hypotension) and loss of consciousness (syncope).“Because of a potentially serious interaction with alcohol, treatment with Addyi will only be available through certified health care professionals and certified pharmacies,” said Dr. Woodcock.“Patients and prescribers should fully understand the risks associated with the use of Addyi before considering treatment.”The most common adverse reactions associated with the use of Addyi are dizziness, somnolence (sleepiness), nausea, fatigue, insomnia and dry mouth.Addyi is marketed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, based in Raleigh, North Carolina.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Qatar Airways Wants to Buy Stakes in Royal Air Maroc

Rabat – After signing a new partnership deal with Morocco’s national career Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Qatar Airways (QA) is now considering buying a stake in the Moroccan company.On Thursday, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said QA is evaluating the case for buying a stake in the Moroccan career to help it extend its reach into the under-served travel markets of West Africa and the Sahara.Akbar Al Baker made the statement during a press conference in Doha to welcome the first direct flight of (RAM) to Doha, as part of the code sharing partnership between the two careers to mutually benefit from seamless service between Qatar and North African market. “We’ll evaluate if we can be a partner, a stakeholder, in Royal Air Maroc in the future,” Akbar Al Baker was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.“Qatar Airways is always open to investing in airlines with strong synergy,” he concluded.Through the new partnership signed between the two companies, QA will gain access to around 40 new destinations in western African region. Being as one of the fastest growing markets, the African market is expected to grow at a rate of 6.6 percent annually.Under the newly signed partnership, RAM and QA will operate three and 10 flights a week respectively between Casablanca and Doha.The press conference was attended by a Moroccan official delegation, headed by Morocco’s Minister of Transport and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, and the CEO of RAM Driss Benhima.“This venture will go a long way in strengthening cultural, economic and social relations between the two countries,” Rabbah said regarding the agreement. read more

Groupe TVA cuts 90 jobs across all its departments cites market conditions

Groupe TVA cuts 90 jobs across all its departments, cites market conditions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 9:16 am MDT MONTREAL – Groupe TVA (TSX:TVA.B) says it will cut 90 positions or 4.5 per cent of its workforce, citing difficult advertising conditions for the media industry.The subsidiary of Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) says the cuts are part of an overall plan to reduce operating expenses by five per cent and will apply to all departments.The reductions will include current employees and vacancies.Groupe TVA president Pierre Dion says the plan is necessary given the ongoing uncertainty in the media industry.The company is a television broadcaster and magazine publisher. read more

Welcoming Myanmars visible strides Ban says much more hard work lies ahead

“The country has taken visible strides in many areas of socio-economic development, national reconciliation and democratization,” Mr. Ban said at the Partnership Group on Myanmar, emphasizing that the reform process initiated by the Government of President U Thein Sein continues to progress steadily. The general elections due to be held by year’s end will be an important milestone and conducting them in a credible and inclusive manner, will require long-term engagement by all. In that regard, the Government must ensure free assembly, an open atmosphere for the media and the protection of civil and political rights for all. “President Thein Sein’s efforts to engage in political dialogue with other leaders on key issues –including constitutional reform — have been encouraging,” the UN chief said, adding that the Government has shown “exemplary resolve” in striving to achieve peace.After 16 months of negotiations, on 31 March, the Government and ethnic armed groups reached agreement on the text of a nationwide ceasefire accord, which can bring to an end more than sixty years of conflict, Mr. Ban pointed out.“However, much more hard work lies ahead. It will be important that the ceasefire agreement is signed and sealed without delay,” he said, emphasizing that the agreement is only a first step towards a broader national dialogue on important issues such as the role of military and constitutional reform.Mr. Ban said that ongoing clashes in Kachin and Northern Shan States have caused immense suffering to civilians. The clashes in Kokang are also deeply disturbing in terms of the toll of lives and destruction as well as their implications for the longer term stability of the region.“Humanitarian actors will need unimpeded access to provide much needed aid in a timely fashion. The tensions arising from these clashes must not jeopardize the larger peace process,” the Secretary-General said.The continued animosity between the communities in Rakhine could be “seriously destabilizing,” said Mr. Ban, pointing out there are “already troubling signs of ethnic and religious differences being exploited in the run-up to the elections.” He also warned that the reform process could be jeopardized if the underlying causes of tensions are left unaddressed.Meanwhile, the conditions of the vulnerable populations especially in the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps remain a matter of “profound concern”. Many people have risked their lives to flee the country by sea and others have become prey to trafficking rings. While the Government has taken steps to stabilize the situation, long-term stability remains “unattainable without addressing the issue of status and citizenship of the Muslim populations”.A statement released by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson later in the day said that Member States during the meeting voiced their continued support to the reform efforts of the Government in the areas of democratization, socio-economic development, and national reconciliation. “They underlined the importance of the upcoming elections as a decisive phase in the reform agenda,” the statement added. Participants commended the resolve shown by Myanmar’s President Thein Sein’s Government and the ethnic armed groups in reaching a nationwide ceasefire accord of 31 March. They also expressed hope that early agreement would be reached on the framework for political dialogue that met the expectations of all stakeholders.Referring to the ongoing communal tensions in Rakhine and elsewhere, Member States emphasized the need for firm and decisive action by the Government to prevent further conflict by resolving the substantive issues affecting those displaced by outbreaks of communal violence and addressing the underlying issues pertaining to status verification and citizenship for all the affected communities. Member States welcomed recent positive initiatives to address the humanitarian concerns. On the larger issues of citizenship and status, they hoped the Government would urgently undertake new measures in line with its national laws as well as international standards.While recognizing the complex ethnic and religious fabric of the country and its history, Member States also called upon Myanmar to remain committed to international humanitarian and human rights standards as it moves forward on its democratic reforms. read more

Virgin Galactic Completes Second Powered Flight Test of Spaceplane

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Astronomical Spaceship ToysUltima Thule Looks Like a Snowman in First New Horizons Images Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Virgin Galactic this week conducted the second powered flight test of its VSS Unity spaceplane.The supersonic ship sailed over the Mojave Desert on Tuesday—54 days after igniting its engine for the first time since a fatal crash in 2014.“It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and to share the moment with the talented team who are taking us, step by step, to space,” Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson said in a statement.“Seeing Unity soar upwards at supersonic speeds is inspiring and absolutely breathtaking,” he continued. “We are getting ever closer to realizing our goals.”Since its founding in 2004, the spaceflight company has been on a rollercoaster to the cosmos: The White Knight Two carrier plane and suborbital SpaceShipTwo flew together in 2010.But a series of delays has grounded the firm, which suffered a disaster four years ago, when the VSS Enterprise broke apart in midair, killing co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injuring pilot Peter Siebold.Replacement ship VSS Unity completed its first successful glide test in December 2016, and another six by January 2018. On April 5, it performed a powered test flight.On Tuesday, the rocket behaved as expected: its motor burned for the planned 31 seconds, propelling Unity to a speed of Mach 1.9 and an altitude of 114,500 feet. Its re-entry feathering system was deployed for the initial descent, before a final glide home.Branson was on the runway to greet pilots Dave Mackay and Mark “Forger” Stucky, as well as CJ Sturckow and Nicola Pecile, pilots of the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.“Today we saw VSS Unity in her natural environment, flying fast under rocket power and with a nose pointing firmly toward the black sky of space,” Branson said, sounding like a proud parent.“The pathway that Unity is forging is one that many thousands of us will take over time,” he continued, “and will help share a perspective that is crucial to solving some of humanity’s toughest challenges on planet Earth.”The teams will now review flight data and continue planning for the next departure.last_img read more

David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii 45 Years Later For New Concert Film

first_img David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii 45 Years Later For New Concert Film Email Twitter David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii In Concert david-gilmour-returns-pompeii-45-years-later-new-concert-film News Facebook The GRAMMY-winning Pink Floyd guitarist has a new concert film premiering tomorrow, commemorating his band’s iconic 1972 concert in PompeiiBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 11:26 am Tomorrow, for one night only, fans of legendary psych-rock interstellar travelers Pink Floyd and the singular sounds of their legendary guitarist David Gilmour will be able to flock to movie theaters around the world to see a very special screening of the guitar god’s new concert film, Live In Pompeii.  The film showcases sound and footage from Gilmour’s July 2016 two-night-stand in the very same amphitheater where he and the other members of Pink Floyd filmed their famous 1972 concert film Pink Floyd: Live In Pompeii nearly 45 years earlier.While Gilmour’s 2016 shows were before a live stadium audience, the original Pink Floyd performances at the amphitheater in Pompeii were notable at the time for being filmed in an empty area, a directorial choice taken to separate the movie from contemporary concert films like Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, which placed equal focus on the band and the audience itself (as explained by Toby Manning in The Rough Guide To Pink Floyd).Gilmour’s Live In Pompeii will see an audio and home video release later this month following tomorrow’s screening, though and exact release date is yet to be announced.Is Bob Dylan Coming To Your Town?Read morelast_img read more

Alaska Women Speak and growing with the times

first_imgIt started as a feminist magazine and in the last 24 years, Alaska Women Speak has grown with the times and the topics that are important to women.  Carmen Davis is one of the volunteers that has kept the publication thriving. She says at a recent retreat, supporters re-imagined its mission and changed the size but maintained its print persona.Listen Now Alaska Women Speak Fall 2016 CoverDAVIS: We believe it’s important because we work to reach all of Alaska and some of our readers don’t use the computer so they like to have a hard copy. A lot of women with the new – we’ve reformatted the journal so that it fits easily in a purse because that’s what one of our – part of our feedback was. A woman could take it, put it in her purse and jump on the plane and have some reading material.TOWNSEND: The theme for the fall issue that’s out now is landscapes. Tell us a little about that.DAVIS: So the themes are selected from our readers and this was one we got really hit hard with a lot of submissions. We were so excited because we feel – I guess Alaska plays a significant role in our lives here. Our sense of place and our context. And so we really received a great deal of submissions and this particular issue actually the cover features Elinda in front lions autumn in the valley. And Linda is of course an artist but she’s also, her degree is in biology. And so that’s connected with one of the book reviews. Sorry. I’m trying to make these connections. It’s interesting because one of the books that we’ve been asked to review is also in this publication, this issue which is Becoming Earth by Eva Saulitis who was also a biologist. So that kind of speaks a little bit to the landscapes theme.TOWNSEND: And tell us about what’s in each issue – it’s fiction, it’s poetry. What’s all within the covers?DAVIS: It’s a mix of poetry and prose. And then also images. And we’ve also added the book reviews as of the last couple issues and we’re actually contacted by redhead press to begin reviewing some of their publications. So, we’re really excited about that. And then looking into the future we will probably be adding interviews of women, Alaskan women. That’s one of the thing we’re looking forward to next, in 2017.TOWNSEND: And the winter edition, there’s a call for submissions for that going out now. Tell us about that.DAVIS: Yes, so the theme for our winter submissions is ice chipping and we’re open to prose, poetry, essays, nonfiction, and book reviews and those are due November 15th.TOWNSEND: Carmen, people don’t get paid for submissions but they do get the benefit of some experts editing and feedback. Tell us about that.DAVIS: Absolutely, so if you’re to submit a piece, our pose editor or poetry editor will give you feedback and they’ll point out some of the strengths in your writing as well as some suggestions for shaping it or modifying it, improving it. So it’s really an optimal opportunity for the writer who’s emerging and looking to develop their piece.last_img read more

Dells SecureWorks valued at 142 billion in years first tech IPO

first_imgDell Inc’s cyber security unit, SecureWorks Corp, could be valued at up to $1.42 billion in its initial public offering, the first major U.S. listing of a technology company this year.Atlanta, Georgia-based SecureWorks said on Monday its offering was expected to be priced at $15.50-$17.50 per Class A share, raising as much as $157.5 million.The share issue market worldwide plunged to a seven-year low in the first quarter, more than halving from a year earlier to $106.6 billion, as worries over slowing economic growth kept investors wary, according to Thomson Reuters data.”From such a low base, there’s only one way to go and that’s up,” Jay Ritter, an IPO expert and a professor of finance at the University of Florida, told Reuters.”I don’t expect that there’s going to be a flood of IPOs, but there will be an increasing number of companies in a variety of industries that will go public.”In the past few years, several cyber security firms such as FireEye Inc, Rapid7 Inc and Mimecast Ltd have gone public to take advantage of growing investor interest in them after a spate of hacking attacks on companies including major banks and retailers.However, shares of Rapid7 and FireEye, which popped 70-80 percent in their debut, are now trading way below their IPO prices. Mimecast, which jumped 20 percent on its listing day, has also slipped below its offering price.Ritter warned against premium pricing for stocks of cyber security firms, saying that these companies were fighting for market share, which would keep their profit growth muted.The Wall Street Journal first reported in October that Dell, the third-largest personal computer maker, had filed confidentially for listing SecureWorks, which it bought for $612 million in 2011.Founded in 1999, SecureWorks has 4,200 clients in 59 countries. The company said it planned to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol “SCWX.”Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co and JP Morgan are among the underwriters for SecureWorks’ IPO.last_img read more

SHG dept to impart beautician training course to girls free of cost

first_imgKolkata: The state Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group (SHG) minister Sadhan Pande said on Tuesday that his department is ready to impart beautician training course to girls at government schools free of cost.Emphasising on the need for girls to be self-reliant, Pande said: “My department has tied up with a leading city-based beautician and has been running a beautician course. A good beautician is very much in demand for bridal make-up and for similar purposes. I would urge schools if they want to provide training in this area, they can come up with a proposal as my department is ready to provide training completely free of cost,” Pande said while addressing a program to mark the closing of 125 years celebration of Adi Mahakali Pathsala. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe minister said his department is providing training in making jute and other handicraft products, computer and other skill development training to nearly 70 lakh women across the state. “If women can form a self help group comprising 10 members, they can avail bank loan at a nominal interest of only 2 percent as the remaining percentage of the loan is borne by our department,” Pande said adding that the government is ready to help the SHGs in marketing their products.Stressing on the need for good relationship between students and teachers, the minister said traditional and old schools like Adi Mahakali Pathsala have been able to set an example in churning out students with good education as well as moral values. “We have seen that in some schools the relationship between students and teachers are not good. Hence, schools like Mahakali Pathsala should be a lesson for them,” he added.last_img read more

50 MustHave Features for SmallBusiness Websites Infographic

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Websites are a necessity for businesses of all sizes today — though, surprisingly almost half of small businesses don’t have websites. Still, there are so many design options to choose from and so many websites that it can be tough to know how to stand out.Beyond layout and color scheme, there are a lot of features that are paramount to successful small-business websites. Some are obvious — such as an easy-to-remember domain name, a logo and contact information — and others are more subtle, like an online chat button or specific pattern for the content on the site’s inner pages. Thankfully, website design and marketing firm 99MediaLab offers pointers for an effective page from top to bottom, inside and out.Related: The 10 Best Cities to Be a Minority Small-Business Owner (Infographic)Check out the infographic below to learn the best features to have, as well as SEO tips and the technical aspects to consider. See if your site measures up.Click to Enlarge+ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read April 2, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Worlds First Mini Particle Accelerator for Highbrilliance Xrays Launched in Germany

first_imgFeature | X-Ray | November 03, 2015 World’s First Mini Particle Accelerator for High-brilliance X-rays Launched in Germany New state-of-the-art compact X-ray source allows more precise control of X-rays for preclinical research News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more The new mini synchrotron “Munich Compact Light Source” (MCLS) is located in Garching at the Technical University of Munich Institute of Medical Engineering (IMETUM). Image courtesy of K. Achterhold/TUM.November 3, 2015 — The world’s first mini synchrotron was inaugurated Oct. 29 at Technical University of Munich (TUM). It can generate high-brilliance X-rays on a footprint measuring just 5 x 3 meters. The new unit will be used chiefly to research biomedical questions relating to cancer, osteoporosis, pulmonary diseases and arteriosclerosis.For some years now it has been possible to generate high-brilliance X-rays using ring-shaped particle accelerators (synchrotron sources). However, such installations are several hundred meters in diameter and cost billions of euros. Scientists and physicians are still routinely using X-rays for diagnostic purposes 120 years after their discovery. A major aim has therefore been to improve the quality of X-rays in order to make diagnoses more accurate. For example, soft tissues could thereby be visualized better and even minute tumors detected. For a considerable time, a team at TUM, headed by Prof. Franz Pfeiffer, Ph.D., chair of biomedical physics, has been developing new X-ray techniques.The new mini-synchrotron, Munich Compact Light Source (MuCLS), is part of the new Center for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA), a joint project between TUM and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).The California-based company Lyncean Technologies, which developed the mini synchrotron, employed a special technique. Large ring accelerators generate X-rays by deflecting high-energy electrons with magnets. They obtain high energies by means of extreme acceleration, and this requires big ring systems.The new synchrotron uses a technique where X-rays are generated when laser light collides with high-speed electrons – within a space that’s half as thin as a human hair. The major advantage of this approach is that the electrons can be traveling much more slowly. Consequently, they can be stored in a ring accelerator less than 5 meters in circumference, whereas synchrotrons need a circumference of nearly 1,000 meters.“We used to have to reserve time slots on the large synchrotrons long in advance if we wanted to run an experiment. Now we can work with a system in our own laboratory – which will speed up our research work considerably,” said Pfeiffer.Apart from being more compact, the new system has other advantages over conventional X-ray tubes. The X-rays it produces are extremely bright and intense. Moreover, the energy of the X-rays can be precisely controlled so that they can be used, for example, for examining different tissue types. They also provide much better spatial resolution, as the source of the beam is less diffuse thanks to the small collision space.“Brilliant X-rays can distinguish materials better, meaning that we will be able to detect much smaller tumors in tissue in the future. However, our research activities also include measuring bone properties in osteoporosis and determining altered sizes of pulmonary alveoli in diverse lung diseases,” explained Klaus Achterhold, Ph.D., from the MuCLS team.The scientists will initially use the instrument mainly for preclinical research, i.e. examining tissue samples from patients. They will also combine the new X-ray source with other systems, such as phase contrast. The group headed by Pfeiffer has developed and refined the new X-ray phase-contrast technique.For more information: www.tum.de FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Fish pedicures Baghdads newest sign of progress

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Violence in Baghdad has dropped sharply in recent years, after a wave of sectarian attacks that pushed the country to the brink of civil war. However, bombings and shootings are still common.The wealthy Mansour neighborhood near Saleh’s spa saw some of the worst of the sectarian carnage. These days, the area is quieter, but the local market still has blast walls surrounding it.On Sunday, the fish were going hungry. There were no customers in the spa, just a lone man using the gym upstairs.Still, Saleh is relentlessly optimistic.Just down the street from Doctor’s Fish Spa, there is a police checkpoint _ one of dozens across Baghdad _ with concrete barriers, rolls of barbed wire and armed police. Far from scaring customers off, the checkpoint was part of the location’s appeal, Saleh says.“The main reason I chose this place is because of the security,” he says. “And the good parking.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Doctor’s Fish Spa opened this year in western Baghdad’s upscale Mansour area. Owner Musbah Saleh, 37, was looking for a unique service to offer customers when he hit on trendy fish pedicures, in which small carp in a tank eat dead skin to make feet extra smooth.The practice of using the toothless garra rufa fish as a treatment for skin diseases became popular in Asia in 2006. But Saleh found in his research that it originated decades ago in Iraq’s neighbor, Turkey. He traveled there earlier this year and imported 600 of the fish at a cost of about $10,000.Now, dozens of his scaly, hungry employees dart around in a tank attached to a pedicure chair, waiting for a new pair of feet to munch on. The pink-walled reception area is decorated with floral stencils and an elaborate aquarium filled with plastic fish.Saleh says he’s confident of success for his piscine pampering project despite minor logistical hurdles, such as the city’s frequent power cuts that force him to run a noisy generator.“Chinese massage centers, beauty salons are all thriving. So this kind of business has a promising future,” Saleh said. “The Iraqi people need these things because they couldn’t have them before.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – The latest luxury spa in Iraq’s capital offers another small sign of life creeping closer to normalcy _ if your definition of “normal” includes having tiny fish nibble on your feet.Billed as Baghdad’s first fish pedicure salon, the enterprise aims to bring in Iraqi customers who have recently begun to venture out again as the violence that engulfed the country after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion ebbs. Bombings and shootings are still common, but daily life has improved for most people in recent years. Dozens of beauty salons, cosmetic surgery centers and other enterprises have sprung up to cash in on war-weary Iraqis looking for pampering. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Skål International Sustainable Development in Tourism awards 2011

first_imgEntries are open to all members of the tourism industry to submit for the 10th Annual Skål  “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT in Tourism” Awards.Following the declaration by the United Nations of 2002 as the Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains, Skål International launched the Ecotourism Awards that same year to highlight and acknowledge best practices around the globe.These awards highlight best practices in tourism around the world and also serve the purpose of acquainting the world with this new concept that puts emphasis on the importance of the interaction of the physical, cultural and social environment the traveller’s responsibility and the need for active community participation for Sustainability.Eco and Responsible Tourism are only a small part of Sustainable Tourism. To have a greater impact and recognition in the Sustainable Development domain in tourism, we want to consider Eco and Responsible Tourism as part of the greater picture of Sustainable Tourism. Therefore, one of the main differences this year is that, from now on, the awards will be known as “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT in Tourism” Awards.For nine consecutive years, these awards have been very successful and have been favourably received throughout the world.We strongly encourage all our members, Clubs and National Committees to look for prospective entries in your region that qualify under the criteria set out in the guidelines for ”SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT in Tourism” Awards on the website.This year, the deadline for receipt of entries in triplicate at the General Secretariat is 30 April 2011.The winners of the “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT in Tourism” Awards will be announced by President, Tony Boyle, during the Opening Ceremony of the 72nd Skål World Congress to be held in Turku, Finland, on 19th September 2011. Source = Skallast_img read more

NAFCU Voices Support for Proposed Legislation

first_img March 13, 2015 507 Views in Daily Dose, Servicing CFPB Community Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief Act of 2015 House Financial Services Committee NAFCU NCUA 2015-03-13 Samantha Guzman NAFCU Voices Support for Proposed Legislationcenter_img The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) released a letter to the House Financial Services Committee voicing their support for the “Community Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief Act of 2015,” Friday. The bill, which would provide the National Credit Union Association with more time to access the impact of the revised risk-based capital proposal on mortgage servicing assets, was introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) earlier this month.“We thank Representative Luetkemeyer and his staff for their leadership and commitment to provide credit unions parity in many key aspects of regulatory relief for community financial institutions found in this bill,” the NAFCU said in the letter.The bill includes a report provision, which will delay the implementation of the NCUA’s proposed risk-based capital regulation as it relates to mortgage servicing assets until an impact study is conducted. The NAFCU says this will promote transparency, require a thorough analysis of the proposal’s impact on mortgage servicing assets, and encourage the NCUA to take more time to consider the full impact of its proposed capital rule. The NAFCU also says they are pleased to see this legislation would waive escrow mandates for loans held in portfolio and increase the “small servicer” exemption threshold to 20,000 mortgages annually.“This important exemption recognizes the strong history of small institutions providing high-quality mortgage servicing. Given their track record, small servicers should be incentivized to continue to service mortgage loans,” they said. “The existing escrow rules drive small creditors from the mortgage market because it is difficult to provide cost effective escrow services.”The bill would also exempt higher-risk mortgages of $250,000 or less from appraisal requirement provisions under the Truth in Lending Act if the lender holds the loan in portfolio for at least 3 years.  This bill would also provide important legal safeguards for lenders acting in good faith throughout the appraisal process. The NAFCU recommends raising the $250,000 threshold to a higher level, once the committee reviews the bill for improvement.According to the letter, the NAFCU believes credit unions and other financial institutions should be given a safe harbor if they assume the risks associated with making a mortgage loan available to consumers, when necessary and appropriate. They say they are happy the legislation would ensure residential mortgage loans held in portfolio by originators, such as credit unions, automatically attain the qualified mortgage (QM) safe harbor under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rules.“An important part of the providing regulatory relief to community financial institutions is to ensure credit unions have parity and balance with relief offered to other types of institutions,” they said. “As the committee continues its work on regulatory relief, we would urge you to support and act on this legislation as it would provide meaningful relief to our nation’s credit unions.” Sharelast_img read more

The Building Blocks of Title

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination, Print Features, Servicing, Technology May 24, 2019 1,416 Views Share The Building Blocks of Titlecenter_img Print Features Title 2019-05-24 Radhika Ojha Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the May edition of MReport.2018 was a good year for the title industry. In fact, the operating margins for the four largest underwriters in the industry increased to 11.5% according to a report by Fitch Ratings, which said that title underwriters benefited from the positive macroeconomic factors such as employment growth and rising property values. These, along with “disciplined underwriting and expense management,” led to the strong showing of most title companies during the year.According to Forbes, this growth of the $15 billion industry is projected to continue through 2020 but how can title professionals ensure that success? While opportunities abound, the experts who spoke to MReport said that title agents will first need to overcome the dual headwinds of consumer engagement and online security.“The industry is in a time of considerable change,” said Mary O’Donnell, CEO, Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. “The diminishing property inventory along with increasing prices is a challenge for the entire real estate market. Uncertainty in interest rates and the ability of salary growth to keep pace will continue to put pressure on this sector.”Despite these macro challenges, O’Donnell said, title agents provide a valuable resource in assuring the consumer that their property rights would be well protected. Yet, much of their work goes unnoticed. The lack of visibility to the consumer of the value of the effort is a challenge.”A Customer-First MindsetWhile industry associations such as the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have promoted customer engagement through initiatives such as the Homeowner Outreach Program, to highlight the services provided by title companies to the end-consumer, it found that consumers still remain confused about regulations and processes related to the title industry.For example, the association is focused on fixing the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance premiums on the TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) to help consumers understand the true cost of their real estate transactions.“ALTA’s research shows that 40% of consumers feel confused by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s requirement on title insurance pricing. We need to fix the regulation to improve transparency to make sure consumers receive disclosures that accurately show the cost of the one-time fee that protects their property rights,” said Cynthia Durham Blair, ALTA President.Stressing the importance of these regulations for the peace of mind for consumers and professionals alike, Blair gave an example from the late 2000s when she managed a title team that handled hundreds of bank-owned properties per month.“While most of these properties were covered by title insurance, it was clear that the title had not been adequately examined by experienced title professionals prior to the issuance of the policies. In order to clear the title to resell to a new owner, we had to file claims against the title policies or just resolve the issues ourselves,” Blair said, explaining that those issues ranged from no access to the property, outstanding ownership interests in the property, unsatisfied liens, complete failures of title, and everything in between.“This experience taught me that title search is not a process that can be skipped over. The time spent reviewing the records and the legal descriptions is imperative for ensuring the consumer has good, defensible title to their property,” Blair continued. “In addition to ensuring the lender has first-lien priority, the protection afforded by the insurance product is the peace of mind that the consumer needs so they don’t have to worry if something unexpected arises in the title to the property.”O’Donnell said, “The value of the title insurance product is really brought home when a claim arises.” Giving an example, she stated that the title agent’s “real value is providing that comfort in a time that is extremely stressful to the consumer.” As a prior claims handler, she highlighted that fact by telling a story about a consumer who was served with a foreclosure for an unpaid contractor’s lien, which arose after the closing but related back to work before the purchase.“Being able to assure them that the matter would be resolved and they would not lose their house taught me that, despite our business being highly technical and often misunderstood, the knowledge of the local agent or the local area helped resolve their situation and bring them peace of mind. The agent can help improve the experience for the lender and consumer,” she said.According to Matthew Slonaker, SVP, Head of Enterprise Solutions Sales, WFG National Title, it is important to bring process efficiency and transparency to the customer. This is where technology has made the process more streamlined for consumers and lenders.“On the retail/consumer side and agent side, digital applications like MyHome are creating a more transparent process that keeps them advised of where they are and what’s next in the process,” Slonaker said. “On the institutional or lender side, technology is providing the same digital experience but even greater transparency with where exceptions are and managing through service level agreements and data.”But the best outcomes for customer experience begin “when all the parties involved in supporting a real estate transaction—the lender, title and settlement provider and the real estate agent—are committed to delivering superior customer experience,” said Chris Leavell, COO, First American Title Insurance Company. “Our emphasis on providing this experience shapes our investments in technology and innovation, and fuels how we approach the shift towards a more digital real estate closing process.”Tech for TitleThe title industry is modernizing quickly, driven by rising consumer expectations,” said Nate Baker, CEO and Co Founder, of Qualia. “The biggest opportunity and challenge in title is to take a lesson from Amazon and make consumer obsession the north star of every title company.”While it has made considerable strides in technology, the title industry today also faces challenges stemming from the increased pace of technological innovation, and the introduction of new real estate transaction business models.“iBuyers such as Opendoor and Zillow Instant Offers are attracting billions of dollars of investment, and a heightened expectation from all clients for their buying experience driven by the click-button nature and immediate gratification of the Amazon-type purchase experience,” Baker said.From a lender’s perspective, the wide disparity in processes and technologies used throughout the industry is one of the biggest challenges facing title companies today.“There are so many different processes used across title companies and their agents that it can create inefficiencies on the closing side for real estate agents and mortgage lenders,” said Matt Clarke, CFO and COO of Churchill Mortgage. “Likewise, if you combine the process disparity with the rapid pace of technological change, and the industry’s move towards e-closings, there’s much work to be done to facilitate a streamlined, digital process for title companies, realtors, and lenders alike.”As the industry looks to overcome this challenge of process and innovation, and move towards a digital experience to improve the front- and back-end customer experience, “digital transformation will continue to remain in focus in the title space,” Slonaker said. “We will increasingly see more integrations with marketing/CRM and LOS/POS systems with a seamless digital experience as integrated options and services through a seamless digital solution are put in place. Through these solutions, the lender/client will be able to achieve greater savings, a better customer journey and a winning equation in a tough market.”According to Jack Goisse, President, American Home Title LLC, the title industry is already feeling the impact of new technologies such as blockchain, remote online notary, eClosings, and other such technology designed to reduce costs, increase quality, and create a better consumer experience.“These technologies will likely play a large role in the industry’s approach to data and cybersecurity, which are prominent areas of risk,” Goisse said. “The costs and time invested in implementing the right solutions, employee awareness, training, and the proper insurance or risk management safeguards will continue to escalate.”Sharing a personal experience he had with a closing recently, Ben Hall, VP, Premium Title, said that it was a good reality check on how far the industry had come in terms of technology. “With three active children and a working spouse, I didn’t have overly specific expectations. I wanted it done fast, accurately and with the least amount of disruption to my personal and professional life,” he recounted. “The majority of the documents were signed electronically and correspondence was largely managed through a mobile app. It was relatively painless and fun.”But…it took way too long.“It just goes to show that, though the industry has made significant technological advancements in the last decade, there’s great work to be done before the consumer is truly in the driver’s seat,” Hall said.As consumers look for speed and ease, the future adoption of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digitized records would certainly improve efficiencies and security in the title process. But to really make these technologies effective, “title companies will need to look outside their lane and identify strong partnerships and synergies across the loan lifecycle,” Hall said.Building PartnershipsTwo key elements when working with title companies are relationships and resources,” Clarke said. “Relationships lie at the core of the mortgage business and it’s important for lenders and title companies to work together with honesty and integrity.”Additionally, Clarke said that these relationships are the difference between great customer experience and one that’s unsatisfying for borrowers. “If you’re working with the right title company, information should move quickly and efficiently between two companies. This will ensure borrowers close on time and create a highly referable lender process,” he said.Baker agreed. “The closing experience provided by these companies is considered an extension of the lenders’ and brokerages’ brand they partner with,” he said. “That brand association has grown even more as technology advancements create more of a divide between forward-thinking, technology-enabled companies and those that continue with outdated business practices.According to Goisse, aligning yourself with the right business partners, at the right time, “is a necessity in effectively scaling your business and meeting client needs.” He said that a “true” partnership entailed selecting the right partner and integrating your company with them to drive collaboration.“Partners should be an extension of your organization and business objectives. Of course, these relationships should be founded in transparency and oversight as the two hold each other accountable for fulfilling their agreed upon objective,” Goisse said.“In any business relationship, trust is a huge factor for success, especially when you’re dealing with large sums of money as well as very private, personal data on a regular basis,” Blair said. “As more and more business is conducted online, the world becomes increasingly impersonal, making company ethics invaluable.”According to Blair, the alarming increase in wire fraud has been a key challenge that the association, as well as title companies, are looking to mitigate this year.Fraud WatchA recent FBI report noted that more than 9,600 victims lost over $56 million from wire fraud in 2017 in the real estate/rental sector alone. Overall, nearly a billion dollars were diverted or attempted to be diverted from real estate purchase transactions. In 2016, the Internet Crime Complaint Center experienced a 480% increase in wire fraud scams reported to title companies.These numbers in themselves reflect one of the biggest challenges faced by the title industry today— data security.“Wire fraud in real estate transactions continues to be a significant challenge. Fraudsters typically attempt to trick borrowers into wiring down payment funds to an account owned by or linked to the hackers,” Leavell said.Additionally, Blair pointed out that title companies are being encouraged to report fraud incidents regardless of the dollar loss to the FBI to give a better picture of the threat. On their part, last year ALTA developed the ALTA Rapid Response Plan for wire fraud incidents, which outlines 10 steps that companies should follow if they’ve been hit by wire fraud.“Wire fraud continues to evolve, meaning title and settlement companies must remain vigilant to protect funds involved in transactions,” Blair said. “Companies must remain committed to employee training and following policies and procedures to fight evolving cyber threats.”Title companies are taking the threat seriously too.“In addition to providing extensive tools and training on cyber fraud and security, we are also investing in a modern closing experience for buyers and sellers,” Leavell said. “The company’s Secure Portal allows buyers and sellers to complete and e-sign opening paperwork, and send and receive messages, through authentication-based security. Reducing email communications in favor of a more secure portal helps to reduce wire fraud risk.”Looking UpAs the positive macroeconomic factors enumerated earlier continue to fuel the growth of title companies opportunities abound for this segment in 2019.“The momentum continues to build across the industry to offer eClosing options to consumers, and we may see significant progress toward delivering a real estate transaction closing experience that more closely aligns with the digital home search and loan application experience consumers have embraced,” said Kevin Wall, President, First American Mortgage Solutions.According to O’Donnell, providing best-in-class services from reputable companies can enhance the mortgage experience and lead to potential long-term borrower relationships.“Working with companies that can embrace technology to provide the consumer with new tools, like remote online notarization, can help enhance and grow business opportunities,” she said. “The ability of all participants to share data and communicate more effectively is an opportunity to deliver a better product for the benefit of the consumer.”Consolidation is another trend that will define the industry in 2019.“Smaller title agents will be purchased by bigger underwriters, even as agency operations will continue to focus on plugging a diverse set of solutions to bring efficiency for the smaller independent agents to create a win-win situation,” Slonaker said.From a regulatory point of view, Blair said that remote online notarization legislation was passed in 11 states and bills have been introduced in another 25 states as of March 2019, which will ease the closing process.Another area of opportunity, according to Clarke, is the fact that title companies were adopting a new mindset where, instead of being an external player, they were a completely integrated partner within the mortgage process.“The future of the mortgage industry will be defined by how each player in the mortgage process interacts with another and their ability to support consumer demand,” he said.Looking at what consumers want, Hall said that bringing all service providers into a homogenous and consumer interactive mobile application has been the recent focus of most top-tier lenders, an area where larger service firms can simplify this execution to encourage greater adoption across the broader market.As fair weather continues to shine upon the title industry, it has the opportunity to reinvent itself to become one that powers new, innovative business models.“Title and escrow have been isolated to almost an afterthought for many,” Baker said. “Now they can be looked at as the champions that will partner with the lenders, brokerages, and other entrepreneurs that seek to meet the growing demands of today’s consumers.”last_img read more

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2018 5:36 am PDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jesmyn Ward, prize-winning author, has 2 new novels planned NEW YORK, N.Y. – National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has her next two novels planned.On Wednesday, Scribner told The Associated Press that Ward will write an adult novel about an enslaved woman sent from the Carolinas to New Orleans. She will then work on her first novel for middle graders, a “magical adventure” featuring a Southern black woman with “special powers.”“Even though I read voraciously as a child, I never saw myself in books,” Ward said in a statement. “Without narratives to expand my ideas of who I could be, I accepted the stories others told me about myself, stories which diminished and belittled me and people like me. I want to write against that. I’ve wanted to write a middle grade/YA book for years, a book that might reach the child I once was and expand that child’s sense of self.”Titles and publication dates for the two books have not yet been determined. Scribner will publish the adult book, while the middle grade novel will be released by another Simon & Schuster imprint, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, part of Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers.A Mississippi native, Ward won the National Book Award last fall for her novel about a black family in her home state, “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” She also won the National Book Award in 2011 for “Salvage the Bones,” the story of a Mississippi community confronting Hurricane Katrina. Her other books include the novel “Where the Line Bleeds” and the memoir “Men We Reaped.”last_img read more

Pay demands snowball in wake of nurses deal

first_imgThe deal between the government and the state hospitals’ nursing unions has sparked unrest among various other healthcare professional groups, who now demand to be treated equally, it emerged on Monday.The deal which includes a key provision for the alignment of nurses’ salaries with their academic credentials was reached tentatively last Friday at a meeting between the unions had and President Nicos Anastasiades. It is scheduled to be followed by a second meeting on Tuesday, at which final decisions will be made.Although details of the proposed arrangement have not yet been released, the government has agreed to recognise nurses’ university level degree status for purposes of pay-scale ranking, albeit in a staggered, incremental manner. This will be introduced in parallel with the process of rendering state hospitals financially and administratively autonomous prior to rolling out the national health system (Gesy) in 2020.Nurses have been demanding the upgrade for a year, following a 2009 parliamentary decision legitimising their demand that was subsequently shelved due to the economic crisis.Last February, state hospitals were all but paralysed when nurses staged a series of strikes lasting over a month, but were met with the government’s refusal to engage.The issue seems to have been resolved in Friday’s meeting, when the president pledged to satisfy the nurses’ demands.Predictably, news of the agreement sparked protest by other healthcare professional groups who feel entitled to similar treatment.The Pancyprian Association of Physiotherapists said the decision, which excludes this specialty, was unfair.“I don’t see the logic behind this move,” association chief Lakis Droushiotis told online news portal Sigmalive.“The two professions are equally serious, in our view, and we hold comparable degrees.”Similar arguments were made by radiologist technicians.This development was one of the key concerns raised by employers’ association OEV on Friday, as soon as the deal was announced.“Meeting [the nurses’] demands will open the bag of Aeolus and bring about a chain reaction in several other demands that will cause the state payroll to skyrocket once again to levels our economy can’t manage,” the association had said in a statement.OEV chief Michalis Antoniou said on Monday that the business world is “unbelievably disheartened” because the sacrifices and pain the public had endured in order to help the economy recover were being squandered.“There are other groups in the public with greater, far more pressing needs, which could be supported with the meagre surpluses achieved with these sacrifices,” he said.“On the other hand, if I were a doctor, I wouldn’t set foot even in the hospital’s parking lot if my pay-scale weren’t at least twice that of nurses.”The door had been opened, Antoniou said, and once the door was open anything could go through.“We seem to forget that the economy still has feet of clay,” he said.“We are doing better, but we are not well yet.”According to a recent study by government services, the cost of the move would run to some €33 million.But nurses’ union Pasyno chief Panayiotis Georgiou said the decision’s fiscal impact would be moderate, claiming the net cost to the state would be €9 million, and that four years from now.“The deal includes certain structural measures that will alleviate the ensuing fiscal cost,” he said.“We have made certain concessions so that the cost can be contained.”You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more